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71 viewsÆ Prutah

KAICAPOC (Caesar) date LC (year 5 = 58 CE),
palm branch

NЄP ωNO C (Nero)
in wreath tied at the bottom with an X;

Caesarea mint
59-62 CE

2.87g

Reference: Hendin 653, SGIC 5627.

ex-Arcade Coins
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HieronII.jpg
Hieron II153 viewsHead of Poseidon left

ΙΕΡΩ-ΝΟΣ
ornamented trident, dolphins at sides

Bronze AE 20
6.96g, 20mm

Syracuse Sicily mint
270-215 BC

SNG Cop 856, SGCV I 1223?

Ex-ANE

Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
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Dolphindidrachm.jpg
Punic occupation half shekel73 viewsNude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below

Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae and Nike who crowns him with wreath; TAPAΣ below.

Calabria, Tarentum ; Punic occupation, circa 212-209 BC

AR Reduced didrachm or Half-Shekel.

2.69g chipped otherwise VF+

Vlasto 975-7; HN Italy 1079.

Ex-ANE

Rare!

The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
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Owl.jpg
Attica: Athens Tetradrachm112 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

16.8g

SNG Copenhagen 13; Sydenham 2526
ex-Time Machine Vcoins
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Benito.jpg
Benito Mussolini 20 Lira Medal61 viewsMVSSOLINI MCMXXVIII
Helmeted head of Mussolini left

ITALIA MEGLIO VIVERE VN GIORNO DA LEONE CHE CENTO ANNI DA PECORA
Lion, Fasces L20R left field, MCMXVIII (Top of Rods) MCMXXVIII AVI (Bottom of Rods)

Fantasy piece
16.24g
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BrettianShield.jpg
Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans111 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
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Bruttium_Zeus~0.jpg
Bruttium AE 1/2 Unit16 viewsNIKA
Head of Nike facing left, barley ear to right.

BRETTI ΩN
Zeus striding right, Holding thunderbolt and scepter; hammer or double axe on left, cornucopia right

Lokroi Epizephyrioi? C. 214-211 BC

4.09g

HN Italy 1982, Scheu 28; Forschner 306-7 variant;
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BrettianJupiter.jpg
Bruttium drachm98 viewsVeiled head of Hera Lakinia right, wearing polos; scepter over shoulder, feather to left

ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ
Zeus standing left, right foot on ionic capital, holding scepter; crab to left, [tiny Γ between foot and scepter].

Second Punic War issue. Circa 216-214 BC.
3.88 g.

Arslan dies 12/17’; Scheu 68–77 var. (obv. symbol);

HN Italy 1969. VF, toned, struck with worn dies.

Rare issue with feather on obverse, unknown to Scheu.

Ex-CNG 407 lot 14, From the B. H. Webb Collection. Ex-Pipito Collection

Tough to photograph, much better in hand.
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Bruttium~1.jpg
Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes56 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
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Bruttium Rhegium Æ 2355 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Æ 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

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Bruttium Terina52 viewsHead of ninph left

TEPI
Crab; above crescent.

Terina; c. 350-275 BC

4.01g

Rare
HNItaly 2646; SNG ANS 889.

Beautiful glossy black/brown patina

Ancient Terina was located on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Euphemia, about 20 km (12 mi) from Lamezia Terme in Calabria, Italy.
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Bruttium_Zeus.jpg
Bruttium Uncia63 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

7.69g

HN Italy 1978

Ebay, From the Tony Hardy collection #999
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Bruttium Uncia74 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
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Vibo.jpg
Bruttium Vibo Valentia Semis78 views Bronze semis

head of Juno (Hera) right, wearing stephane, S (mark of value) behind

VALENTIA
Double cornucopia overflowing with grain and grapes, carnyx (control symbol) and S (mark of value) on right


Vibo Valentia mint, 193 - 150 B.C.

3.57g, 18.1 mm 270o

Mensitieri Valentia 211; HN Italy 2263; SNG ANS 483, SNG Cop 1849; BMC Italy p. 361, 16 (control described as staff ending in boar's head)

Ex-Forum from the Andrew McCabe Collection
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Bruttium.jpg
BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 300-250 BC. AR Triobol 111 views Head of Athena r. wearing crested Corinthian helmet, KPOTΩ above

Herakles advancing right, wearing lion skin and draping it over club held in his hand; koppa to left, OIKIΣTAΣ to right.

300-250 BC
1.05g

Rutter, Historia Numorum 2199; SNG ANS 426; SNG München 1467.

Rare

Ex-ANE


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Bretti.jpg
Bruttium, the Bretti132 viewsLaureated and bearded head of Zeus right, at left thunderbolt, dotted border

BΡETTIΩN
warrior attacking right holding shield and spear; below bucranium. Dotted border.

211-208 BC


Scheu 42; HNItaly 1988; SNG Copenhagen 1658; SNG ANS 108.

8.05g

Round punch mark on obverse
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Bretti~0.jpg
Bruttium, The Bretti, drachm82 viewsdiademed, draped and winged bust of Nike right, at left Club and crescent

BPETTIΩN
River-god Aisaros/Dionysos standing, crowning himself, holding cloak and scepter, at right Snake and Σ.

216-214 BC

4.60g

HNItaly 1961 SNG Copenhagen

Second Punic War issue

Ex-Calgary Coin


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Brettian_HN1970.jpg
Bruttium, The Bretti, drachm18 viewsDiademed, draped and winged bust of Nike right, bird? behind

BPETTIΩN
River-god Aisaros/Dionysos standing, crowning himself, holding cloak and scepter, monogram and shield to right

216-214 BC Punic war issue

4.81g

Rare with these control marks. Only 2 on acsearch including this one, both from same dies and die flaws.
Struck with worn obverse die.

Arslan dies 81/107’; Scheu S65; HN Italy 1970

Ex-CNG 452 Lot 48; From the John L. Cowan Collection; Ex-Pegasi, 31 May 2012 Auction 24 lot 44.
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Brettian.jpg
Bruttium; the Bretti38 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right, at left thunderbolt

BPETTIΩN
Warrior standing right, holding shield and spear, below bunch of grapes.

Bruttium, circa 211-208 BC.

8.51g

HN Italy 1988; SNG ANS 106.

Scarce
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CalabriaOwl2.jpg
Calabria Tarentum AR Drachm149 viewsHead of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with Skylla preparing to hurl a stone

Owl standing to right on olive branch, head facing; ZOR (magistrate) to right, TAP to left.

3.07g

Circa 281-276 BC.

Vlasto 1048. McGill 135, Cote 348, Sear 367v.
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CALABRIA, Tarentum AR Diobol51 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right, helmet decorated with three rosettes

Herakles kneeling on right leg, strangling the Nemean lion.

Tarentum Calabria
Circa 325-280 BC

0.78g

Vlasto 1372; SNG ANS 1444; HN Italy 976.

Ex-ANE
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Tarentum_obol_5.jpg
CALABRIA, Tarentum AR Obol57 viewsKantharos; five pellets around

Kantharos; five pellets around.

Tarentum, Circa 280-228 BC.

8.5mm 0.53 g

Vlasto 1655-6; HN Italy 1076.

Ex-CNG 381 Lot 13; Ex-Steve P Collection

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CALABRIA. Tarentum. Obol70 viewsKantharos; three pellets around.

Bucranium; three pellets around.

Circa 380-325 BC
Weight: 0.33 g.
Diameter: 9 mm.

Rare with 3 pellets

cf. Vlasto 1617 (number of pellets); cf. BMC 432 (same). HN Italy 918; SNG France 3 specimens, c.f. 2201-03 (number of pellets)

Ex Dr. P. Vogl collection; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (sold 30.12.1992; with dealer's ticket), Ex-Numismatik Naumann auction 42 lot 15; Ex-Calgary Coin

A tiny coin with a fantastic design.
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Corinthstater.jpg
Corinthian Stater62 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
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Judea Herod Agrippa I57 viewsAΓΡI ΠA BACIΛEWC
King Agrippa umbrella canopy with fringes

Three ears of barley between two leaves flanked by date L - ς
(year 6).

Jerusalem Mint 41-42 AD
Bronze Prutah

Hendin 1244

Ex-Zurgieh


Herod Agrippa I was a son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great by Mariamne I, granddaughter of High Priest Hyrcanus II. His father Aristobulus had been put to death by Herod the Great. Named after Augustus best friend and genreal Marcus Agrippa, Herod Agrippa was the last of the Herods to become king of all Palestine, as his grandfather had been. Agrippa was educated in Rome with the Emperor Tiberius’ son Drusus and his nephew Claudius and he became a familiar figure in important circles in Rome.

An injudicious statement got Agrippa into trouble with Emperor Tiberius. In an unguarded moment he expressed the wish to Gaius (Caligula) that he, Gaius, might soon be emperor. Overheard by Agrippa’s servant, his remarks came to the ears of Tiberius, who cast Agrippa into prison. His life was in the balance for several months. Fortunately for Agrippa, Tiberius died and Caligula became emperor. He released Agrippa and elevated him to the position of king over the territories that his late uncle Philip had governed.

When Caligula was assassinated Agrippa was in Rome. He was able to act as liaison between the Senate and his friend, the new Emperor Claudius. Claudius expressed his appreciation by awarding him the territory of Judea and Samaria as well as the kingdom of Lysanias. Agrippa now became ruler of about the same dominion that his grandfather Herod the Great had held.


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Poseidonia_stater.jpg
Lucania Poseidonia stater77 viewsΠΟΜΕΣ
Poseidon standing right, wearing chlamys around shoulders, brandishing trident

ΠΟΜΕΣ (retrograde)
Bull standing to left, above

Poseidonia, Lucania

470-445 BC

8.01g

SNG ANS 661; HN Italy 1114

Ex-Geoffrey Bell auction September 2017 lot 896
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Lucania Sybaris drachm96 viewsBull standing to left on dotted ground line, head turned back to right; all within border of dots VM in exergue

Bull standing to right, on dotted ground line; around, border of dots; all incuse.

LUCANIA, Sybaris

Circa 550-510 BC.

2.04g

HN III 1736. SNG ANS 847 ff.

Chipped. Old cabinet toning.

Ex-Londinium
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Lucania, Heraclea: AR Diobol45 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with Hippocamp

Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean Lion.


Heraclea, Ca. 432-420 BC

0.73g

Van Keuren 38; HN Italy 1360

Ex-ANE

Beautiful glossy black patina
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Lucania, Metapontom stater85 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
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Thourioi_didrachm.jpg
LUCANIA, Thourioi74 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with Skylla holding rudder over shoulder

Bull butting right; below, dolphin right in waves.

Lucania, Thourioi

Circa 400-350 BC

7.35g

HN Italy 1794b; SNG ANS 1048.

Ex CNG 385, Lot: 48, Ex-Steve P collection
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Thourioistater.jpg
Lucania, Thourioi Stater114 viewsHead of Athena right wearing Attic helmet decorated with Skylla holding trident

ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ
Bull butting right, solid exurgal line below HR monogram above

c. 420-400 BC

6.74g

SNG ANS-1041-2 var


Ex Superior, 30 May 1995, lot 7072 (Lewis Egnew Collection), ex-HJB
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Velia.jpg
Lucania, Velia AR Didrachm132 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left, wearing Phrygian helmet decorated with centauress, KE monogram behind

Lion left, tearing prey, A above, KE monogram below, ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ in ex.

Circa 334-300 BC

7.22g

Williams 327 (O.174/R.243)
BMC 74; HN Italy 1294.

Ex-Calgary coin

The KE obverse monogram is the signature of Kleudoros, the artist or mint master of Velia.
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Maria Di Medici Jeton52 viewsMARIA. D. GR. FRANC. AND. NAVA. REG, 16 NB 08 in exergue.
Coat of arms half of France and quartered of Medici, and of Austria, surrounded by a crown half of laurel and half of palm

SERVAT DATAM 1608 in exergue
Two intertwined hands as a sign of trust between a palm and an olive branch. Above, the name JEHOVAH in Hebrew (YHWH) , whose rays penetrate dense clouds.

5.24g, 28mm

"Mary of God's Grace Queen of France and Navarre"

"He protects those who trust him."

Maria was born at the Palazzo Pitti of Florence, Italy, the sixth daughter of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Archduchess Joanna of Austria. Marie was one of seven children, but only she and her sister Eleonora survived to adulthood.

Maria is not a male-line descendant of Lorenzo the Magnificent but from Lorenzo the Elder, a branch of the Medici family referred to as the 'cadet' branch. She does descend from Lorenzo in the female-line however, through his daughter Lucrezia de' Medici. Nonetheless this 'cadet' branch produced every Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1537 to 1737, and the kings of France from Louis XIII in 1601 to Louis XVI in 1793.

She married Henry IV of France in October 1600 following the annulment of his marriage to Margaret of Valois. The wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy (to which Henry did not turn up, marrying her by proxy) was celebrated with 4,000 guests and lavish entertainments. She brought as part of her dowry 600,000 crowns. Her eldest son, the future King Louis XIII, was born at Fontainebleau the following year.

Maria was crowned Queen of France on 13 May 1610, a day before her husband's death. Hours after Henry's assassination, she was confirmed as regent by the Parliament of Paris. She immediately banished his mistress, Catherine Henriette de Balzac, from the court.

Her daughter, Henrietta Maria was queen consort of England, Scotland, and Ireland as the wife of King Charles I. Henrietta Maria, in turn, was mother of two immediate successors, Charles II and James II.
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Parion.jpg
Myisa, Parion. Hemidrachm65 viewsGorgoneion

ΠA PI
Bull standing left, head turned to look back; kerykeion below

Mysia, Parion
350-300 BC

SNG BN -. Symbol not recorded in the standard reference.


2.20g

Ex-ANE
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Neapolis Campania Didrachm84 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
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Persian Achaemenid Siglos Type III64 viewsKneeling-running figure of the Great King right, transverse spear with point downward in right, bow in left, bearded, crowned.

Incuse punch

Sardis mint. c. 490 - 475 BC

5.42g

Carradice Type IIIa. Darius I - Xerxes I

Possibly introduced in connection with the accession of Xerxes, c. 485 BC

Ex-Savoca Coin
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Persian Achaemenid Siglos Type IV62 viewsArtaxerxes I, Darius II or Artaxerxes II

King running right, holding dagger and bow, pellets on right arm. Cross shaped bankers stamp before

Incuse punch

5.42 grams.

c. 455 - 375 B.C

Carradice type IV a or b

Ex-Calgary Coin
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Philip III Tetradrachm102 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΦIΛIΠΠOY downward on right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue, radiate head of Helios facing on left, KY under throne

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

Babylon mint, 17.056g, 29.2mm, die axis 90o,

Price P205, Müller Alexander P117, SNG Cop 1083, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -

Ex-Forum!

Coins from this issue were struck in the names of both of Alexander the Great's co-ruling heirs. Most, including this example, were struck in the name of his brother Philip III, but some were struck in the name of his son Alexander IV. During this period, Archon, Dokimos, and Seleukos I ruled in succession as Macedonian satraps in Babylon. Archon was appointed satrap of Babylonia after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Perdiccas suspected Archon of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. Archon was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, was made satrap by Perdiccas' rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.

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Phoenicia, Tyre Shekel90 viewsAR Tetradrachm/Shekel.

Laureate bust of Melkart right, aegis draped about neck

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; club before, flanked by date PM and KP to right, above monogram.

KP Jerusalem mint
PM Year 140 (14/15 AD).

Ex Calgary Coins, Ex. Hendin 919, RPC 4655.

13.29g


At the Great Temple in Jerusalem the annual tax levied was 1/2 shekel per male. The 1/2 shekel and shekel were the only coins accepted by the temple. Some experts believe that after the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The "Jerusalem" shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
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Ptolemy XII or Cleopatra VII Tetradrachm102 viewsPtolemy XII (80-58 BC) or Cleopatra VII
AR Tetradrachm
Diademed head of Ptolemy I right

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Eagle on thunderbolt left.
year (L) IH = 18 (=64-63 BC or 34-33 BC), PA to right

Listed as Alexandria mint, though the "PA" to the right suggests it was minted in Paphos, Cyprus.

SNG Cop-389

13.49g

Ex-ANE

IH is year 18 and in this context it is ambiguous - either 64BC (modern scholars like Morkholm, Noeske, etc.) or 34BC (Svoronos).

Hence this issue is either Ptolemy XII (modern interpretation) or Cleopatra VII ruling with Ptolemy XIV, Ptolemy XV or Ptolemy XVI (Svoronos interpretation).
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Sicily, Syracuse94 viewsΣVRA
Head of Arethusa right

Octopus; 3 Pellets around

0.21g

466-405 BC
Second Democracy

Very rare denomination AR tetronkion
Unlisted?

Ex-ANE
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Litra 120 viewsΣYPA
Diademed head of Arethusa right.

Octopus.

0.65 g

c. 466-460 BC. Second Democracy

Boehringer 421; SNG ANS 131.

Ex-ANE
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Sicily. Syracuse AR Litra58 viewsHead of Arethusa right

Wheel with four spokes; Σ-Y-R-A between.

Deinomenid Tyranny 485-466 BC.

0.52g

Rare

Boehringer 402; SNG ANS 124-6.

Ex-ANE from an old collection.
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Taras didrachm75 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
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Taras Didrachm 272-235 BC149 viewsYouth on horse standing left with monogram N below, holding wreath above its head.

Taras holding Nike & trident, on dolphin left, TAPAΣ to right API-ΣTO below.

Calabria, Taras
250 BC

21 mm, 6.7gm

Ref: SNG-Cop-923, Vlasto 873v

Ex-Imperator Coins

New photo!
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Taras, Calabria Didrachm121 viewsNaked youth galloping right on horseback left, crowning horse with right hand, monogram ΣY in field behind youth and ΛΥK INOΣ below horse

Taras seated on dolphin left, holding chalmys and thrusting trident in right hand, owl behind TAPAS in Exergue

Calabria 272-235 BC

6.62g

Vlasto 836

Ex-Pars Coins
Ex-Calgary Coins
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Terina, Bruttium151 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
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ThasosTetradrachm.jpg
Thasos, Thrace Tetradrachm53 viewsHead of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy

HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘΑΣΙΩΝ
Heracles standing facing, head left, right hand resting on club, lion skin in left
Monogram in left field

34mm, 16.82g
Thasos
c. 148-90/80 BC
SNG Copenhagen 1040

ex-ANE

"Hercules is the savior of the people of Thasos!"
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The Bretti Æ Didrachm50 viewsHead of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; grain ear below.

ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ
Nike standing left, placing wreath on trophy to left and cradling palm in her left arm; caduceus between.

Bruttium, 214-211 BC

11.72g

SNG ANS 34. HN Italy 1975; Scheu 6

Rare with caduceus


Ex-Artemide Kunstauktionen e-Live auction 7 lot 48
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Thrace Mesembria Diobol87 viewsCrested Corinthian helmet facing.

M-E-T-A within wheel, surrounded by border of radiating lines.

SNG. BM. 268

11 mm

1.30g

Black Sea Hoard fake
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Tyre half shekel62 viewsLaureate bust of Melkart right

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; palm over shoulder, club to the left, flanked by date LM (40) and monogram ΔP to the right.

Tyre; Year 40= 87/86 BC
6.98g

Sear 5921; BMC 225

Ex-HJB Buy or Bid Sale 206, lot 103 (Nov 15, 2018); Ex-Calgary Coin

Removed from NGC holder prior to HJB.
NGC graded Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5; NGC 4278263-010

According to the Mosaic law, every year, Jewish males over the age of 20, paid a half shekel tax in silver to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mention of this tax can be found in the Bible at Exodus 30:15 Of course, at the time of writing there were no coins in circulation and this tax was paid by weight in silver. By the 1st century BC the tax was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (enough for two people) or half-shekel (for himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver. The only ones that conformed to this high standard were the 94% pure silver Tyrian shekels. Even though these coins depict images of Melkart (Phoenician Hercules) and an eagle, they were still accepted at the temple because of the silver content.
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AJ4.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah49 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

0.94g

ex-Holyland coins
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AJ3.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah73 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.62g

ex-Holyland coins
Jay GT4
AJ2.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah58 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.57g

ex-Holyland coins
Jay GT4
AJ1.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah60 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.83g

ex-Holyland coins
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